Posted: Jun 5, 2010 9:25 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Jun 5, 2010 9:25 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Fishing has been banned in more waters off
Florida because of the creeping oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will close
an additional 565 square miles to fishermen near Panama City, Fla.,
starting Saturday evening.
NOAA spokesman Kim Amendola (am-en-DOH'-luh) says the additional
closure was necessary because forecasters anticipate oil from a
leaking offshore well near Louisiana could drift into that area.
About 33 percent of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico are now
closed to fishing because of the spill.
It began after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April
20 and ultimately sank, triggering an environmental disaster that
has surpassed the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989.